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by jficke13
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 713
Views: 187751

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just got an interesting personal from Podcastle: For the most part I like this story. My main problem is its slight tendency to over-explain things, which spoils the pacing for me. In particular, I think you could stand to trust the reader to infer a little more of Cers internal state, rather than ...
by jficke13
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748741

Re: Success!

Hey team WotF, the kickstarter for Tales of Ruma is live: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ar ... es-of-ruma

Maybe check it out? There are some pretty cool people on that ToC (including DF).
by jficke13
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Hey all, thought I'd kick off a thread here with the cover of the anthology, which is predictably awesome, no? Also, they forwarded me a .pdf eARC of the Q4 winners' stories. If anyone wants to read them, all they have to do is agree to post a review on Amazon/goodreads/bookseller-of-choice. Send me...
by jficke13
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 55
Views: 14176

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

In with something for Lost Souls @ about 2k words. I like this one a lot <hides in blanket fort>.
by jficke13
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748741

Re: Success!

Thanks. And holy crap that gif is awesome.
by jficke13
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748741

Re: Success!

I mentioned being accepted into an anthology of game-tie-in fiction a few months ago and the publisher finally announced it: http://azurekeep.com/portfolio/tales-of-ruma/ Looks like Dave and I are going to be anthology buddies again. /channels Matt Dovey and celebrates success whilst stabbing malici...
by jficke13
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748741

Re: Success!

I signed the contract, so I guess I can announce that my novelette "An Empty Cup" will be appearing in the upcoming Spring issue of Deep Magic! wotf007 I wasn't sure I would ever be able to sell this one, but it does have sort of a YA tone, so I guess Deep Magic decided they wanted it! Wh...
by jficke13
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11451

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

FYI, forgot to mention that my certificate arrived on Wednesday! Now to go shopping for frames... wotf013 I never framed my HM certificates. I left them on the desk by where I write to remind myself that "hey, you can maybe sorta do this, keep writing." Now that I think of it, they coulda...
by jficke13
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11451

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

FYI, forgot to mention that my certificate arrived on Wednesday! Now to go shopping for frames... wotf013 I never framed my HM certificates. I left them on the desk by where I write to remind myself that "hey, you can maybe sorta do this, keep writing." Now that I think of it, they coulda...
by jficke13
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Word Counts

Quick question about word counts for submissions to non-WotF markets. When using the Microsoft Word wordcount tool, do you highlight the body of the text, the title -> the body, the title -> the word END at the end? Name About XXXX words Address Email Etc Title Awesome words go here. End e.g., what ...
by jficke13
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748741

Re: Success!

disgruntledpeony wrote:
pcmccollum wrote:Thank you michaeljwyantjr and amoskalik! It's definitely an amazing feeling. wotf007

I understand! Congratulations. wotf007 wotf010


And hey, congrats on 3rd & Starlight getting funded!
by jficke13
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 102
Views: 3059

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I also have a previously written story in reserve as a backup, although that a) probably won't go anywhere and b) seems like cheating. To me, this sounds less like cheating and more like insurance! It feels like cheating because a) my writer's brain claims I should have it out somewhere else and b)...
by jficke13
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

Wordpress seems the consensus recommendation. So... here we go: www.jonficke.wordpress.com it is.

I will say that so far it's both super intuitive, and super... um... not. I had to google how to edit links away from defaults, create tags. I'm sure I just need to get used to it.
by jficke13
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4936
Views: 916591

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Fantasy, or at least some flavor of historical setting, seems to come easier to me than sci-fi/futuristic settings.
by jficke13
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 124
Views: 4331

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Just finished another round of rewrites. Looks like I'm going to make it for Q1 after all, although this isn't the story I had originally intended to submit. This one is coming in just shy of 2300 words though and that concerns me. Is that too short for the contest? Should I add some more depth and...
by jficke13
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running
Replies: 22
Views: 1699

Re: New anti-Spam Q&A is up and running

So... uh... about that spam filter. Something got through in the Illustration sub-forum.
by jficke13
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 35
Views: 1657

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

Thank you! I saw your post, and the FB thread, and read them both with great interest. I'm with you that I think I'm a novelist at heart, but after reading your post, I realize I need to focus on writing stories in the 5-7K word range (at least for this contest). Don't be afraid of short. My 3rd wa...
by jficke13
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4936
Views: 916591

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Here's to hoping all of you have an awesome day with plenty of bounty. Seconded! (I have to work today. My Dollar General stays open all day, for some stupid reason. wotf002 ) Grrr... Hopefully it's a quiet day and you can spend a lot of it mentally planning out writing.
by jficke13
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: 4thewords
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: 4thewords

I heard Mary Robinette Kowal recommend it on Writing Excuses but balked at cost when I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I should do a trial though.
by jficke13
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 646

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories...
by jficke13
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 613

Re: Magical Realism?

I'm for sure going to put together a bit of a diary/journal thing on the winning experience. I won't be the first to do it, but if it helps anyone it's worth it, right?
by jficke13
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 613

Re: Magical Realism?

One cool thing about the contest is you have room to experiment because it runs every quarter. If it doesn't win you don't necessarily have a broken story. You can find it a home elsewhere, and in the meantime you learn something about your own writing and something about the contest. [...]What may...
by jficke13
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 613

Re: Magical Realism?

One cool thing about the contest is you have room to experiment because it runs every quarter. If it doesn't win you don't necessarily have a broken story. You can find it a home elsewhere, and in the meantime you learn something about your own writing and something about the contest.
by jficke13
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Retellings

I think it's a question of degree. To some extent a lot of stories share an archetype and are "retellings" of the core hero's journey for example. But when the details and voice and execution are unique, it totally works. It's when the retellings lacks the unique element to set it apart th...
by jficke13
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 35
Views: 1657

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

My stories tend to go long and so I made sure that the one I submitted for Q4 was under the standard manuscript format based word count just to be on the safe side. If my story gets rejected, I want to at least make sure its not rejected for a technical foul. You might want to read Martin Shoemaker...
by jficke13
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 613

Re: Magical Realism?

Whatever label you give it, it sounds cool. I'd read it if you'd like.
by jficke13
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11451

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

It’s been a week, JF, have you heard? Did Joni tell you how long they’d take to judge? When you do hear, don’t forget to ask her which judges judged your quarter. I did hear! I got 3rd (so surreal). I totally did not ask which judges were on Q4, but she said that Kevin J. Anderson laughed out loud ...
by jficke13
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748741

Re: Success!

My story "The Final Sundering of Hellas" will be in the forthcoming anthology "Tales of Ruma" (early 2018). The anthology is the tie-in fiction associated with a tabletop RPG, Ruma: Dawn of Empire, which was funded on Kickstarter. The premise of the game world is that in the post...
by jficke13
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

I see some people have websites in their signatures. Does anyone have advice about starting one? Hosting or other companies you recommend (or recommend we avoid)? I'll confess to web design being a glaring hole in my tech-saviness.
by jficke13
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11451

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Everyone on this board is the absolute coolest. Especially you.

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